Jumana Emil Abboud

Jumana Emil Abboud engages with personal and collective stories and mythologies, weaving folklore and contemporary tales in an integrated relationship that navigates themes of memory and dispossession.

Portrait photography. The artist looks directly into the camera, smiling slightly. With raised eyebrow she looks at the same time somewhat thoughtful.

Jumana Emil Abboud, Jerusalem, 2017, photo: Issa Freij, courtesy the artist

Using drawing, performance, video, and workshop methodologies, Abboud discloses storytelling practices that reflect on the connectedness of all entities – human, non-human, spirit. Her work often explores the presence and absence of water amid the contested landscape of Palestine in which the struggle for continuity necessitates a constant process of regeneration and ingenuity.

During the past two decades, Abboud’s work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Common Grounds: Story / Heritage, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht (2020); The Jerusalem Show (2018); Sharjah Biennale (2017); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2016); Venice Biennial (2015, 2009); and Istanbul Biennale (2009), among many others. She has participated in art residencies, including Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture, Ein Qiniya; Delfina Foundation, London; Arts Initiative Tokyo; and Gästeatelier Krone, Aarau. Abboud lives and works in Jerusalem and London and is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

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